Chicken and Dumplings

It’s one of those stick to your ribs, down home, country cooking meals. I made these last week when my son’s friends were visiting, and they’d never had dumplings! Say what?!? They loved them! I remember being little, standing on a step stool, cutting them out while mom put them in the broth. They tasted amazing then and still do now!

Ingredients

  • 5-6 lb whole chicken
  • 8 cups chicken broth
  • 2-3 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp salt
  • 1 tsp pepper
  • 1 tsp garlic powder
  • 3 cups self-rising flour
  • 1/2 cup (1 stick) butter, grated
  • 1-1 1/2 cups milk
  • 2 tbsp cornmeal
  • Recipe

    To a large stockpot on medium-high heat, add chicken, broth, water, salt, pepper, and garlic powder. Add enough water to nearly cover the chicken. Bring to a boil, then lower the temperature to medium-low, cover, and simmer 1 hour. Remove the chicken to a separate bowl and allow to cool. For the dumplings, combine the flour and butter so that the butter is evenly coated/dispersed. Make a well in the center, and add 1 cup of milk. Fold the ingredients until it forms a cohesive dough ball. If it seems too dry and won’t combine, add additional milk. Turn the dough onto a lightly floured surface. Pack the dough into a ball, then begin rolling to desired thickness (ours were about 1/4" thick). Sprinkle with cornmeal, and lightly pat into the dough. Cut into square dumplings, then bring the broth back to a boil. Drop the dumplings in one-by-one so that they don’t stick together, moving them around with a spoon as needed. Once they’ve all been added, bring back to a boil, then lower the heat and simmer/thicken for 10 minutes. Pull apart the chicken, and add your desired amount to the pot. Add additional salt and pepper to taste.

    Approximate Nutrition Information for 1 1/2 cups (makes 18 cups): 321 calories, 13g fat, 30g carbs, 21g protein

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    It’s one of those stick to your ribs, down home, country cooking meals. I made these last week when my son’s friends were visiting, and they’d never had dumplings! Say what?!? They loved them! I remember being little, standing on a step stool, cutting them out while mom put them in the broth. They tasted amazing then and still do now!